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Can you build leg muscle by sprinting and doing plyometrics drills?

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  • Can you build leg muscle by sprinting and doing plyometrics drills?



    I know lifting heavy is the most efficent way to build leg muscle (squats).


    My legs feel similiarly sore though after a good hill sprint/plyo day as they would after a squat day.


    Having said that, does hill sprinting and plyometrics drills build leg muscle as well?


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    I put on A LOT of muscle doing hills (run up, walk down... repeat like 6-10 times), all in my legs and booty. So, uh, yeah totally possible.

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      Plyometrics gives you explosive ability/strength. I used to do them when hubby and I used to race bicycles long, long ago. The rationale was it would make you a better cyclist on hills and in sprints. Our whole cycling club used to do hill sprints once a week. I found it worked great. It was killer, though!

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        Hill sprints are the best.

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          Strong leg and a good amount of muscle? Yes, definitely.


          Big/Large, Muscular legs? Probably not.Although I doubt your goal is BBer type legs.


          Remember soreness is not an indicator of anything. My legs felt sore after doing sprints on Saturday. I very rarely get sore from training; I squat 4-5 times per week. Does that sprinting is giving me the same effect as squatting heavy? No.


          Doing both Sprints & Squats is optimal.

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            I was comparing the soreness as an indication that it was doing "something".


            I assumed it would build muscle but not at the same pace as squatting.


            I asked because today is a squat day but it's 60 degrees outside and I felt like doing hills and plyos outdoors... I didn't want to feel guilty skipping squats

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              I know, but soreness isn't an indication of anything good or bad.


              Do both! I don't know what your schedule or training routine is like, but if can, do your squatting then do something outside. The weather here was great on Saturday, so after training I did a few sprints outside just to get outside.


              If you want to sub a day of sprinting for squatting, I don't see the problem. Just squat some tomorrow or another day. Or do both if you can!

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              I like to throw, squat and pull heavy things for fun.

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